Lamar Odom’s Recovery: Former NBA Star’s Internal Organs Are Still ‘A Big Worry’ [Update]

Lamar Odom’s road to recovery has only just begun, but the former NBA star is still far from being in the clear.

The Inquisitr previously reported that Lamar Odom is both conscious and “doing good” and while that may be true considering everything he has gone through in the past five days, sources claim that Lamar’s road to recovery is going to be a very long one considering the damage that has been done to his internal organs.

According to People magazine, while his friends and family are thrilled with the fact that Lamar Odom has pulled out of his coma and is responsive, a source close to the Kardashian family says, “he’s not out of the woods yet.”

“He still has a lot of problems with his internal organs. His kidneys are a big worry. He has done a lot of damage to his body. He will probably never be back to where he was before. Damage has been done.”

While family and friends of the former NBA star have been by his side, and have been concentrating on the fact that Odom is awake and making progress with his recovery, it is important to make note that the damage done to at least four of his internal organs is not only severe but it could affect his quality of life as he moves forward.

While the details of Lamar’s multiple medical conditions have remained, for the most part, under wraps, multiple reports stated that after he slipped into the coma on Tuesday, he experienced the beginning stages of multiple organ failure.

TMZ was one of the sources keeping a constant watch on Lamar Odom’s condition and throughout the week they reported that Odom had significant problems with his kidneys, lungs, heart and even his brain.

During the early stages of Odom’s health scare, brain functions were significantly reduced, and reports stated that the former NBA star experienced multiple strokes along with problems breathing and issues with his kidneys. At one point Lamar Odom was reportedly placed on life support to help keep him breathing and dialysis to help with his failing kidneys.

Lamar Odom’s chances of survival where slim-to-none as the past week went on, and many reports stated that Khloe Kardashian’s estranged husband had only a 50/50 percent chance of survival. Family, friends, and fans were all expecting the worse, until Lamar awoke from his coma on Friday morning. Soon after, he starting responding to not only doctors, but to Khloe and others who came to visit.

Since waking from his coma, Lamar Odom has made some pretty amazing strides toward recovering, including being taken off life support, breathing on his own, and even verbally communicating and reportedly even texting those close to him.

While family, friends and fans all remain hopeful that Lamar Odom will make a full recovery, there are quite a few things that can still happen as a result of his traumatic health scare.

One major concern is that Lamar could suffer from both cognitive and mental issues due to the multiple strokes he suffered while in his coma. According to the American Stroke Association, depending on what area of the brain has been affected by the stroke, there is a chance for not only paralysis, but also vision problems, memory loss, speech/language problems, but also different behavioral changes.

The strokes are only one part of the equation. Many wonder what the long-term effects of thealleged prolonged drug use may have caused on Lamar Odom’s other internal organs. While there is little information currently available on which of Odom’s organs are suffering the most from his drug or alcohol intake, it is clear that enough damage has been done to cause some serious concerns. Still, those close to him continue to hope and pray for the best.

Stay with the Inquisitr as more information on Lamar Odom’s recovery becomes available.

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